Friday, May 13, 2011

Dressage at the 2011 Jersey Fresh 3-Day Event

Call Me Ollie, owned by Faye Woolf, ridden by Boyd Martin

The dressage phase of the Jersey Fresh 3-day event is over after two enjoyable days. I was relatively pleased; obviously in the dressage phase you can find moments that could have been better, but then again in my experience they sure could have gone a lot worse.

Faye Woolf’s Call Me Ollie produced a smart test yesterday; I was pretty pleased with him, especially in the trot work which showed moments of brilliance. He’s a new ride for me and we have still got to build a partnership and get to know each other better.

Guypowder Valley, owned by Maddi Fleit, went in and did an accurate test and I’ll be looking to move up the leader board with him tomorrow with a good cross-country round.

Dana Diemer’s Cold Harbor also finished in the top half of the field in the CCI**. I was very pleased with the way he went; unfortunately we had an expensive mistake when we boggled up the rein back.

My other partner in crime, Otis Barbotiere, went in and did some extravagant work but came a little bit behind the leg in the canter which saw us lose a mark or two in the connection department. All in all it was nothing disastrous but there was also nothing brilliant.

Caitlin and Erin both looked fantastic in the dressage; both horses and riders showed plenty of brilliance and potential for the future.

The cross-country course looks challenging to say the least. The footing looks pretty good, as NJ has had plenty of rainfall this spring. Hopefully we won’t get too much more rainfall tomorrow during the cross-country phase of the event. Cross-country times will be posted soon and I’ll keep everybody updated.

For complete dressage results click here.


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